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AntsBC's Parasitic Formica planipilis Journal (Updated: Wednesday, July 29, 2020)

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#21 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 13 2020 - 5:05 AM

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Parasitic Formica are one of my targets this year.

"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV version


#22 Offline AntsBC - Posted July 29 2020 - 1:44 PM

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Update: Wednesday, July 29, 2020
 
I apologize for the lack of upkeep on this journal. 
 
This colony has been doing quite well as far as Formica go.  They've completed the majority of their second biological generation and more larvae is on the way.  I am hoping that the queen will lay some more eggs and get in one more generation before the season ends. 
 
With more workers, the colony has become increasingly aggressive.  Opening the lid to their outworld has become a rather sketchy task.  I had a little incident a couple months ago; the workers took me by surprise and ran out of the outworld.  Ever since then, I'm cautious before I feed them.  Their current outworld is too shallow to apply a barrier but the good news is I mass produced a bunch of new ones.  I would like to switch them into a new outworld but I've found that these ants are incredibly sensitive to new environments.  For that reason, I'll just switch them next season. 
 
I estimate their biological worker count to be around 20-30 workers.  They don't seem too content with their test tube (although there is still lots of space) so I will be moving them into an Aus Ants Ytong Nest next season. 
 
I can't recommend parasitic Formica enough; they are such lovely ants.
 
Unfortunately, I do not have any photos as I have lost my macro lens.  :facepalm: 
 
I will probably update this journal again before I put these girls into hibernation.

Edited by AntsBC, July 29 2020 - 1:52 PM.

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#23 Offline NickAnter - Posted July 29 2020 - 3:14 PM

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Awesome! Formica are some of my all time favorite North American ants.

 

 

Hoping to get some aserva the following week!


Species being kept:

 

Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis "plebeius", Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis sp., Solenopsis xyloni, Solenopsis amblychila, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Pheidole navigans, Nylanderia vividula, Aphaenogaster occidentalis, Temnothorax rudis, Temnothorax cf. nitens, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and Strumigenys membranifera

 

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#24 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted July 29 2020 - 3:18 PM

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I have never, ever, seen a parasitic Formica queen around here, just lots and lots of parasitic Lasius.


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#25 Offline Antkid12 - Posted July 29 2020 - 4:23 PM

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I have never, ever, seen a parasitic Formica queen around here, just lots and lots of parasitic Lasius.

Same.


Ants I have: Tapinoma sessile(2 queen colony). RED MORPH Camponotus neacticus(now has pupae!), Tetramorium immigrans (x3), Aphaenogaster sp, Temnothorax sp, Brachymyrmex sp.   possibly infertile   :(,  Ponera pennsylvanica, and Pheidole morrisi!  :yahoo: 

 

Other insects: Polistes sp. Queen

                    

Ants I need: Pheidole sp., Trachymyrmex sp., Crematogaster cerasi , Dorymyrmex sp. Most wanted: Pheidole morrisii

 

                    

                   

 

 


#26 Offline NickAnter - Posted March 10 2021 - 4:35 PM

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Update?


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Species being kept:

 

Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis "plebeius", Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis sp., Solenopsis xyloni, Solenopsis amblychila, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Pheidole navigans, Nylanderia vividula, Aphaenogaster occidentalis, Temnothorax rudis, Temnothorax cf. nitens, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and Strumigenys membranifera

 

People are stupid. It explains a lot...






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